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Psalm 4

The Safety of the Faithful

To the 1Chief Musician. With Stringed Instruments. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!

You have relieved me in my distress;

2Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

2 How long, O you sons of men,

Will you turn my glory to shame?

How long will you love worthlessness

And seek falsehood?


3 But know that athe Lord has 3set apart for Himself him who is godly;

The Lord will hear when I call to Him.

4 bBe 4angry, and do not sin.

cMeditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.


5 Offer dthe sacrifices of righteousness,

And eput your trust in the Lord.

6 There are many who say,

“Who will show us any good?”

fLord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

7 You have put ggladness in my heart,

More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

8 hI will both lie down in peace, and sleep;

iFor You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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